Elijah and Elisha

An Increase in Governmental Authority

The Lord raised up Elijah as a powerful prophet and used him in extraordinary ways. He prayed and it did not rain for three and half years then prayed again and it rained. He was the first one recorded in the Bible to have raised someone from the dead. He killed 450 prophets of Baal. He was one of two men that did not die but was taken up by God. He appeared with Moses to Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration and many other things.

God placed a spirit upon Elijah that is not exclusive to him. Jesus said that John the Baptist was Elijah or in other words had the spirit of Elijah on him. The angel of the Lord said John the Baptist would be a forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, Luke 1. God says in Malachi 4:5-6; “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” This will happen during the days just prior to the second coming of Jesus.

One of the greatest things (perhaps the greatest thing) Elijah did was pass his mantle on to the next generation, Elisha. Elisha was found by Elijah plowing with twelve pairs of oxen and he was with the twelfth (government). Elijah went to him and threw his mantle on him, 1 Kings 19. When Elijah was about to be taken up in a whirlwind by the Lord he asked Elisha what he wanted him to do for him. Elisha asked him for a double portion of his spirit. Elijah told Elisha if he kept his eyes on him as he was being taken up he would receive the double portion but if he didn’t see him he would not receive it.

Here is what I hear the Lord saying; those who have their hands to the plow with their eyes on the Lord are receiving an increase in anointing and an increase in governmental authority.

Joe Nicola

 Ekklesia; The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

         

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How Do You See Yourself?

Jesus was once asked to name the greatest commandment.

And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”                       Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus said the second commandment was like the first, that we should love our neighbor as our self. In other words, the amazing measuring stick of loving our neighbor is our own self-love! Love of self is the necessary precondition to loving others. How we perceive our self will unconsciously be projected into our relationships with others. This alone will answer many questions.

Romans 12:3 tells us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. But notice that it does not forbid us thinking highly of ourselves, only thinking more highly than we ought. The Lord does not instruct us to think poorly of our self, only to not think more highly than we ought. It is a common teaching in some circles that we should see ourselves as some lowly, rotten, worthless creature. This is NOT how the Lord views us, neither before or after we are born again. We need to have a balanced, Biblical perception of our self. Some falsely believe that thinking highly of themselves or loving themselves is pride; however, the opposite is actually true. Not thinking as highly as God does about ourselves is in fact false humility, a deadly hidden pride that fails to accept oneself as God commands.

 “As a man thinks within himself so is he.”         Proverbs 23:7

What we believe about ourselves is what we tend to become. For example, if we believe in evolution, how do you think that would affect our view of our identity, purpose and destiny? When we sift through the layers of the evolutionary process, we eventually come to the logical conclusion that our identity is founded on an animal, and eventually, on a protoplasmic mass. If we believe we came from an animal, then it will be both permissible and even appropriate to act like one because that is what we are. Our thoughts have determined our outcome. Animals live only by instincts, drives, and appetites aimed at self-preservation, protection, and procreation. This is just one example of how dangerous it can be to believe a lie about our identity. Believing the truth of “who” we are and “what” we are will help us to determine our purpose and our destiny. The Bible tells us to retrain the way we think by “renewing” our minds.

Sometimes our jobs or the activities we engage in slowly begin to form our identity. Before I began “pastoring” full time, I owned a motorcycle parts and repair shop. I identified myself much of the time as a motorcycle mechanic and business owner. I believed that this is who I was.  Of course I knew I was a Christian, but I took pride in being a motorcycle mechanic, as well as being a business owner. Over time I found that I received most of my significance or value from these titles and activities. My identity came to be based on what I “did” and what I owned, not on who I truly “was”. As long as I performed up to certain standards and made profits, my self-worth was inflated, but if the opposite happened, I was deflated and felt devalued. Therefore, how I felt about myself was directly linked to performance, circumstances, and others’ reactions. As I look back now, I realize my identity began to be defined by my job title and job performance rather than by God’s Word. The shift was very subtle and slow, but nevertheless continued to occur, and I didn’t realize it was happening at the time. I have found that this is a very “normal” pattern of behavior for many people and especially men.

How often have we gained our definition of our identity from our occupation, performance or  title instead of God’s definition of us? How do we finally come to realize we are valuable simply because we exist? If we belong to God, He will force the question of identity upon us by pulling out the props, exposing the very things, people, and circumstances that gave meaning to our lives in this way. He will compel us to dig deep and find out what He thinks of us, and what we think of ourselves when the people are gone, the things removed, and the circumstances forever changed.

This is what happened to me. I felt that the Lord was calling me to sell my business, stop repairing motorcycles, and work full time as a youth pastor. So, I did just that. I sold all of my equipment and most of my hand tools. This put me in a position where I was unable to work on motorcycles even if I wanted to. I felt like my heart was being ripped from me, but I knew I wanted to obey God. All I had ever known was working on motorcycles, and I loved it. I didn’t know how to make a living in any other way, and I felt like my security was gone. I felt empty, lost. Then, the Lord asked me a question that changed my life, “Who are you now?” I didn’t know the answer to that question, so I began a journey to find out. It is imperative that each of us discover the answer to who we are, and find the value God has placed upon us as His beloved children without reference to our career, job, position, marriage, or parenthood, etc.

After each of the first five days of creation God said, “and God saw that it was good.” At the end of the sixth day, which was the day God created man, He did not say the same thing He repeated for five days. After God created man He said, “and behold, it was VERY good.”

To be continued…

Joe Nicola

Ekklesia – The Judicial Branch

Continued from last blog post;

The Judicial Branch

Working in harmony with the legislative branch, the main purpose of the judicial branch is to release the judgments of God. This can take the form of decrees over families, congregations, cities, states, regions and nations. As part of the judicial branch, Moses sat to judge civil cases between individuals. When the load became too great, he chose men to help. In the New Testament, we see Paul fulfilling the function of the judicial branch—disciplining a congregation in 1 Corinthians 6.

Judging and judgments are referenced throughout the Bible, not just regarding people unwilling to repent, but toward the domain of darkness, evil spirits, and spiritual forces in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).

Finally, we see judgment as a prophetic act, such as when Joshua marched the children of Israel around the walls of Jericho and then blew the shofar. The walls tumbled down under the judgment of God.

However, there is a pervasive misunderstanding in the Body of Christ today concerning judgment, as evidenced by the many times we are taught never to judge. Indeed, the blanket avoidance of judgment has actually perverted our outlook and stunted our discernment, growing into an inferiority complex where people preface every observation they make with “I’m not judging, but…”

Certainly, judgment is a touchy subject, but it doesn’t need to be. While nobody likes to be judged, the simple fact is that we do it every day, all day long. We make necessary judgments about what to wear, what to eat, what we put in our coffee in the morning, about people, the weather, what is true and what is not. You name it, we judge it. Judging is part of our nature, and it should be no surprise that it is also part of God’s nature. He is the Great Judge, and there will be a Day of Judgment at the end of this age. The Bible refers to a courtroom setting with God as Judge, Jesus as a lawyer-advocate, and all mankind standing before Him for judgment (Revelation 20:11-15, 1 John 2:1). If that is not enough, we also have an entire book of the Bible called “Judges,” and no, these people are not going to hell because they judged. God placed judges over Israel for His justice to be released and righteousness to prevail.

The problem is that we equate judgment with wrath and punishment, but this is not a fair association. While judgment often has a negative context, it can also be a positive experience. When a judge makes a judgment in the courtroom, it is negative for one party but positive for the other. You see, judging is not the problem; judging with evil motives is the problem. Jesus never condemned judgment; He only condemned hypocritical judgment (Matthew 7:1-5). While we are told not to judge unbelievers, the Bible makes it very clear that we are to judge believers.

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.                                                                                                                                                           1 Corinthians 5:12-13

Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 1 Corinthians 6:1-6

In light of these and other scriptures, we cannot deny that judging is biblical—an essential part of our identity and purpose as the ekklesia. There are cases that need and should be resolved within the ekklesia. Further, there are times when we need to be involved in the world’s justice system, as there are many cases that cannot be handled within the ekklesia at this time. This is why we are to pray for the earthly rulers over us.

In Matthew 18, Jesus refers to the ekklesia judging a legal matter.

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church [ekklesia]; and if he refuses to listen even to the church [ekklesia], let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”                                                                                                                       Matthew 18:15-20

Here, Jesus gives the ekklesia a process for dealing with a brother (or sister) in sin. We see a brother who has sinned, and we are told the role the ekklesia is to play in his restoration. Jesus gives general directions for dealing with sin in the assembly, and explains when a judgment must be made. If it were true that we are not to judge, then we could not obey this teaching from the Lord Himself.. Even to confront our sinful brother, it is necessary that we make a judgment.

Of course, judging should always be done in a spirit of gentleness with humility for the purpose of redemption and restoration, never for revenge, anger, or self-righteousness. To judge righteously, the ekklesia must possess a Christ-like character. Love is the law of the Kingdom of God and should always be our motivation for all that we do, especially when it comes to judging. James 2:13 says that mercy triumphs over judgment. However, when there is no response to mercy, judgment must be made. Judgment is essential to the proper function of the ekklesia.

Joe Nicola

My book can be purchased here: Ekklesia; The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth 

Ekklesia – The Legislative Branch

Jesus said He would build His Ekklesia, not a church. The word church is not a Biblical word. This word did not exist in any language until the fourth century, three hundred years after Jesus ascended to Heaven. This is an excerpt from my book; Ekklesia; the Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

As the government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, the ekklesia has three distinct branches: • the judicial branch • the legislative branch • the executive branch

The prophet Isaiah illustrated the same in his description of the Lord.

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.                                                                                                                                                                           Isaiah 33:22

Notice the parallels: • the judicial branch—our judge  • the legislative branch—our lawgiver  • the executive branch—our king

The government of the United States of America is also formed from this biblical pattern. However, instead of an elected President, the executive branch of the ekklesia is occupied by Jesus. And in place of Congress and the Supreme Court, the legislative and judicial branches of the ekklesia are occupied by the people of God. (That would be us.)

These three branches of the ekklesia also relate to the Trinity. The Father is the Great Judge, the Son Jesus is the King, and the Holy Spirit is the Lawgiver, or in other words, the One who delivers/speaks the will of God to us so that we can speak and act on it. Also known as our Helper, the Holy Spirit helps us to legislate and judge according to the will of God.

The Legislative Branch

Legislation is the process of writing and passing laws. Legislation also means the actual law itself. We have already discussed the legislative branch of the ekklesia throughout this book, though not in these terms. The responsibility of the legislative branch is to hear from God, then speak and act for God, thereby releasing His will on Earth. God gave man authority over the Earth. For His will to be accomplished, we must hear accurately from Him so that we can implement His will. Of course, we are not there yet, because God’s will is not always accomplished. We can easily see that by what is going on in the world today. Although God is in ultimate control, we are the ambassadors He uses to carry out His will on Earth (2 Corinthians 5:20). If God’s will is not accomplished, we need look no further than ourselves—His ekklesia.

Even as I write this, I realize that some Christians get nervous when speaking of government, politics and especially law in relation to God. Please understand that I am not referring to Old Testament law versus New Testament law, or debating whether we are under law or not. Instead, I am using God’s “will” and His “law” interchangeably. In the Kingdom of Heaven, God’s will—His law— will always be accomplished. He is the King and the overarching law of the Kingdom, on Earth and in Heaven, is love. Romans 13:10 says that love is the fulfillment of the law. 1 John 4:16 says God is love, therefore His will (or law) is always motivated by love and is always for the benefit of people. Even in judgment, love is the motivation, and righteousness and justice are the results. So it is up to us to hear from the Lord, then to speak and to act according to His will. This is the process of legislating the will or the law of God on the Earth. This is how the ekklesia is to operate.

The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the Earth He has given to the sons of men.                                                                                                                                                                         Psalm 115:16

Joe Nicola

My book can be purchased here: Ekklesia; The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth 

Faithfulness is Success

God determines whether or not we have been successful in life by our faithfulness to Him. To often in the “church world” we define success by the world’s standards; how many people attend our meetings, the size of our buildings or budgets, how many programs we have or how many people we reach during an event, etc. The Lord doesn’t judge success like men do. All through the Bible we have example after example of this truth. See Hebrews chapter eleven.

The story of David and Svea Flood is one of my favorite missionary stories. It is a little long, but it conveys the truth that we don’t always judge success like God does. Everything we do in obedience to the Lord makes a difference. Lord, may we know You more and hear as You hear and see as You see!

In 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son David, from Sweden to the heart of Africa—to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much tenderness and devotion and sacrifice, they felt led of the Lord to go out from the main mission station and take the gospel to a remote area.

This was a huge step of faith. At the remote village of N’dolera they were rebuffed by the chief, who would not let them enter his village for fear of alienating the local gods. The two couples opted to go half a mile up the slope and build their own mud huts.

They prayed for a spiritual breakthrough, but there was none. Their only contact with the villagers was a young boy, who was allowed to sell them chickens and eggs twice a week. Svea Flood — a tiny woman missionary only four feet, eight inches tall, decided that if this was the only African she could talk to, she would try to lead the boy to Jesus. And in fact, after many weeks of loving and witnessing to him, he trusted Christ as his Savior.

But there were no other encouragements. Meanwhile, malaria continued to strike one member of the little band after another. In time the Ericksons decided they had had enough suffering and left to return to the central mission station. David and Svea Flood remained near N’dolera to go on alone.

Then, of all things, Svea found herself pregnant in the middle of the primitive wilderness. When the time came for her to give birth (1923), the village chief softened enough to allow a midwife to help her. A little girl was born, whom they named Aina (A-ee-nah).

The delivery, however, was exhausting, and Svea Flood was already weak from bouts of malaria. The birth process was a heavy blow to her stamina. After seventeen desperate days of prayer and struggle, she died.

Inside David Flood, something snapped in that moment. His heart full of bitterness, he dug a crude grave, buried his twenty-seven-year-old wife and took his children back down the mountain to the mission station. Giving his newborn daughter to the Ericksons, he said, “I’m going back to Sweden. I’ve lost my wife, and I can’t take care of this baby. God has ruined my life.” With two year old David, he headed for the coast, rejecting not only his calling, but God himself.

Within eight months both the Ericksons were stricken with a mysterious illness (some believe they were poisoned by a local chief who hated the missionaries) and died within days of each other. The nine month old baby Aina was given to an American missionary couple named Berg, who adjusted her Swedish name to “Aggie” and eventually brought her back to the United States at age three.

The Bergs loved little Aggie but were afraid that if they tried to return to Africa, some legal obstacle might separate her from them since they had at that time, been unable to legally adopt her. So they decided to stay in the United States and switch from missionary work to pastoral ministry. And that is how Aggie grew up in South Dakota. As a young woman, she attended North Central Bible college in Minneapolis. There she met and married a young preacher named Dewey Hurst.

Years passed. The Hursts enjoyed a fruitful ministry. Aggie gave birth first to a daughter, then a son. In time her husband became president of a Christian college in the Seattle area, and Aggie was intrigued to find so much Scandinavian heritage there.

One day around 1963, a Swedish religious magazine appeared in her mailbox. She had no idea who sent it, and of course she couldn’t read the words. But as she turned the pages, all of a sudden a photo stopped her cold. There in a primitive setting in the heart of Africa was a grave with a white cross and on the cross was her mother’s name, SVEA FLOOD.

Aggie jumped in her car and drove straight to a college faculty member who, she knew, could translate the article. “What does this say?” she asked.

The instructor translated the story:

It tells about missionaries who went to N’dolera in the heart of the Belgian Congo in 1921… the birth of a white baby girl… the death of the young missionary mother… the one little African boy who had been led to Christ… and how, after all the whites had left, the little African boy grew up and persuaded the chief to let him build a school in the village.

The article told how that gradually the now grown up boy won all his students to Christ… the children led their parents to Christ… even the chief had become a Christian. Today (1963) there were six hundred Christian believers in that one village.

Because of the willingness of David and Svea Flood to answer God’s call to Africa, because they endured so much but were still faithful to witness and lead one little boy to trust Jesus, God had saved six hundred people. And the little boy, as a grown man, became head of the Pentacostal Church and leader of 110,000 Christians in Zaire (formerly the Belgian Congo).

At the time Svea Flood died, it appeared, to human reason, that God had led the young couple to Africa, only to desert them in their time of deepest need. It would be forty years before God’s amazing grace and His real plan for the village of N’dolera would be known.

For Rev. Dewey and Aggie Hurst’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, the college presented them with the gift of a vacation to Sweden. There Aggie met her biological father. An old man now, David Flood had remarried, fathered four more children, and generally dissipated his life with alcohol. He had recently suffered a stroke. Still bitter, he had one rule in his family: “Never mention the name of God because God took everything from me.”

After an emotional reunion with her half brothers and half sister, Aggie brought up the subject of seeing her father. The others hesitated. “You can talk to him,” they replied, “even though he’s very ill now. But you need to know that whenever he hears the name of God, he flies into a rage.”

Aggie could not be deterred. She walked into the squalid apartment, with liquor bottles everywhere, and approached the seventy-three-year-old man lying in a rumpled bed.

“Papa?” she said tentatively.

He turned and began to cry. “Aina,” he said, “I never meant to give you away.”

“It’s all right Papa,” she replied, taking him gently in her arms. “God took care of me.”

The man instantly stiffened. The tears stopped.

“God forgot all of us. Our lives have been like this because of Him.” He turned his face back to the wall.

Aggie stroked his face and then continued, undaunted.

“Papa, I’ve got a little story to tell you, and it’s a true one.

You didn’t go to Africa in vain. Mama didn’t die in vain.

The little boy you both won to the Lord grew up to win that whole village to Jesus Christ. The one seed you planted just kept growing and growing. Today (about 1964) there are six hundred African people serving the Lord because you and Momma were faithful to the call of God on your life.”

“Papa, Jesus loves you. He has never hated you.”

The old man turned back to look into his daughter’s eyes. His body relaxed. He began to talk. And by the end of the afternoon, he had come back to the God he had resented for so many decades.

Over the next few days, father and daughter enjoyed warm moments together. Aggie and her husband soon had to return to America—and within a few weeks, David Flood had gone into eternity.

A few years later, the Hursts were attending a high-level evangelism conference in London, England, where a report was given from the nation of Zaire (the former Belgian Congo). The superintendent of the national church, representing some 110,000 baptized believers, spoke eloquently of the gospel’s spread in his nation. Aggie could not help going up afterward to ask him if he had ever heard of David and Svea Flood. “I am their daughter.”

The man began to weep. “Yes, madam,” the man replied in French, his words then being translated into English.

“It was Svea Flood who led me to Jesus Christ. I was the boy who brought food to your parents before you were born. In fact, to this day your mother’s grave and her memory are honored by all of us.”

He embraced her in a long, sobbing hug. Then he continued, “You must come to Africa to see, because your mother is the most famous person in our history.”

In time that is exactly what Aggie Hurst and her husband did. They were welcomed by cheering throngs of villagers. She even met the man who so many years before, when she was less than a month old, had been hired by her father to carry her down the mountain in a soft bark hammock.

The most dramatic moment, of course, was when the pastor escorted Aggie to see her mother’s grave, marked with a white cross, for herself. She knelt in the soil of Africa, the place of her birth, to pray and give thanks.

(An excerpt from Aggie Hurst, Aggie: The Inspiring Story of A Girl Without A Country [Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1986].)

Joe Nicola

PEACE ~ A Divine Weapon

The Apostle Paul, in closing his letter to the Romans, gives a warning in chapter 16:17-18. He said to “…keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting”. This sounds like a warning that would be given today. One we should take note of.

After he said this, he then praised the Romans for their obedience and exhorted them to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. He then followed that up with a promise; The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you, Romans 16:20 (NASB).

The God of peace. He could have used any one of the many names or references to the Lord, but the Holy Spirit through Paul chose, “the God of peace”. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Why peace?

2 Corinthians chapter 10 tells us that we have divinely powerful weapons of warfare at our disposal. These weapons are not according to the flesh or carnal in nature. 2 Corinthians 6:7 says we have weapons of righteousness. God has given us weapons that do not make sense in the natural or with human reasoning. Peace is one such weapon. Peace is part of the armor of God in Ephesians 6:15, shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Our feet shod with peace gives us a firm footing and keeps us stable and steady.

In Philippians 4:7 the Bible says, the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”. If Jesus said He is leaving us with something you can bet we will need it. He is also saying in this passage that if we receive His peace it will keep our hearts from being troubled and fearful.

The current events of our time is causing many to be anxious, worried and fearful. These are some of the weapons of the domain of darkness used against the people of God. The world and it’s systems are shaking. I am so thankful that the Lord has given us a Kingdom that cannot be shaken!

The peace of God is not a luxury for us, it is a necessity in this hour. Philippians 1:28 tells us, in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. Notice it says that a lack of being “alarmed” is a sign of destruction for our opponents. Residing in divine peace when there is chaos all around us is a sign to our opponents that they are finished! Amazing!

Take note of this verse in Revelation 4:6, before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. A sea of glass like crystal is a metaphor for what is calm, at peace and rest. There are no waves or even ripples causing any kind of worry or anxiety whatsoever. God is at peace and rest and He rules on His throne from peace and rest.

Divine peace is an internal state of being, it is not contingent on outward circumstances. Jesus was in peace even in the midst of His arrest and his crucifixion. Regardless of what is going on in our world or all around us we can dwell in divine peace and rest of heart and mind. This is the true sabbath rest the Lord has for us.

Not only can we dwell in this place of peace and rest but we are to rule from that place. The Bible tells us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are to rule with Christ over the earth from a place of peace and rest not worry or fear. Fear, worry, and anxiousness will cause us to misinterpret what the Lord is saying and showing us to do.

The more we know the God of peace the more of the peace of God we will walk in. Peace is a divine weapon that our opponents have no answer for.

Joe Nicola

I wrote a book on what Jesus actually said He would build. Jesus did NOT say He would build a church. The word church does not exist in the original manuscripts of the scriptures.

My book can be purchased here: Ekklesia; The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth 

Love Provides and Protects

Love provides and protects. Every commandment of God has these two main elements. God’s commandments are not to control us or force us to conform. For the child of God love is our motivation. Love is at the core of all we are and all we do. Love causes emotions but it is not some emotional feel good state of bliss. Love is a decision and it makes hard choices. Love has boundaries and it says “no” when necessary. Love in action doesn’t always look like love. Jesus cleaning out the temple with a whip for example. Jesus summed up all of God’s law into one; Love. Love provides and it also protects.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children, Hosea 4:6 NASB

Many of our citizens are ignorant of the supreme law of our land, the Constitution along with the Bill of Rights. Far too many Christians are ignorant of the Word of God, (the Bible). This ignorance, as the passage of scripture above states, is destroying us. The ignorance of our rights and what genuinely belongs to us is being used against us under the perverted definitions of love, compassion, tolerance and safety.

The number one responsibility of the President of the United States is to protect the citizens of this country and uphold the Constitution. We already have laws concerning our border protection and immigration. This great country is like no other. We have always been a welcoming nation to all people, however, “we the people” expect our laws to be upheld and our citizens protected by our leaders.

In 1952, Communism and all totalitarian groups were banned by law under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Today our enemy has a different name but same objective, to destroy our way of life. Those who follow and pattern their lives after Muhammad in Islam are seeking to destroy our way of life, our Constitution and our freedoms.

Islam is only 16% religion and 84% totalitarian way of life. It’s ideology directly opposes American law, values and ideals. The Koran and the Hadith teach Sharia law and demand submission to Islam, which violates the US Constitution and the American way of life.

The Immigration and Nationality Act, which was passed June 27, 1952 revised the United States’ laws regarding immigration, naturalization and nationality. This Act, under Section 313 states the following:

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 405(b), no person shall hereafter be naturalized as a citizen of the United States- 

(1) who advocates or teaches, or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches, opposition to all organized government; or 

(2) who is a member of or affiliated with (A) the Communist Party of the United States; (B) any other totalitarian party of the United States; (C) the Communist Political Association; (D) the Communist or other totalitarian party of any State of the United States, of any foreign state, or of any political or geographical subdivision of any foreign state; (E) any section, subsidiary, branch, affiliate, or subdivision of any such association or party; or (F) the direct predecessors or successors of any such association or party, regardless of what name such group or organization may have used, may now bear, or may hereafter adopt, unless such alien establishes that he did not have knowledge or reason to believe at the time he became a member of or affiliated with such an organization (and did not thereafter and prior to the date upon which such organization was so registered or so required to be registered have such knowledge or reason to believe) that such organization was a Communist-front organization; or 

(3) who, although not within any of the other provisions of this section, advocates the economic, international, and governmental doctrines of world communism or the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship, or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates the economic, international, and governmental doctrines of world communism or the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship, either through its own utterances or through any written or printed publications issued or published by or with the permission or consent of or under authority of such organizations or paid for by the funds of such organization; or

(4) who advocates or teaches or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches (A) the overthrow by force or violence or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (B) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government because of his or their official character; or (C) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (D) sabotage; or 

(5) who writes or publishes or causes to be written or published, or who knowingly circulates, distributes, prints, or displays, or knowingly causes to be circulated, distributed, printed, published, or displayed or who knowingly has in his possession for the purpose of circulation, publication, distribution, or display, any written or printed matter, advocating or teaching opposition to all organized government, or advocating (A) the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (B) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government, because of his or their official character; or (C) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (D) sabotage; or (E) the economic, international, and governmental doctrines of world communism or the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship; or 

(6) who is a member of or affiliated with any organization, that writes, circulates, distributes, prints, publishes, or displays, or causes to be written, circulated, distributed, printed, published, or displayed, or that has in its possession for the purpose of circulation, distribution, publication, issue, or display, any written or printed matter of the character described in subparagraph (5). 

(b) The provisions of this section or of any other section of this Act shall not be construed as declaring that any of the organizations referred to in this section or in any other section of this Act do not advocate the overthrow of the Government of the United States by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means. 

(c) The provisions of this section shall be applicable to any applicant for naturalization who at any time within a period of ten years immediately preceding the filing of the application for naturalization or after such filing and before taking the final oath of citizenship is, or has been found to be within any of the classes enumerated within this section, notwithstanding that at the time the application is filed he may not be included within such classes. 

(d) Any person who is within any of the classes described in subsection (a) solely because of past membership in, or past affiliation with, a party or organization may be naturalized without regard to the provisions of subsection (c) if such person establishes that such membership or affiliation is or was involuntary, or occurred and terminated prior to the attainment by such alien of the age of sixteen years, or that such membership or affiliation is or was by operation of law, or was for purposes of obtaining employment, food rations, or other essentials of living and where necessary for such purposes.

Chapter 2, Section 212 (28) states a prohibition of entry to the US if the person belongs to or has ever been part of or associated in any way with an organization seeking to overthrow the US government by “advocating, teaching, writing, publishing, or using force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Democrat) just one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor suspended naturalization for all Germans, Japanese and Italians.  Link – FDR

President Jimmy Carter (a Democrat) banned Iranians from entering our country during the Iranian Crisis. He also ordered 50,000 Iranian students to report to the Immigration Office and deported 15,000 of them. Link – Jimmy Carter

Unlike these two presidents, we have a president and administration who give preferential treatment to Muslims and Islam over Christians, Jews or any other religion. In my view this comes dangerously close to violating the First Amendment.

62.4% of religious motivated hate crimes are committed against Jews compared with 11.6% against Muslims. Link – FBI

Great short video by The Clarion Project- By The Numbers

Understand what the religion of peace believes Religion of Peace?

Joe Nicola